jersey, who decided not to evacuate. >> reporter: long-time new jersey shore residents kim duncan and shelly kirk were determined to stick this storm out together. >> to me it's more about my house. it's my home. this is my roof over my head. i don't want to leave it. >> reporter: hours before sandy made landfall, shelly, kim, and kim's husband john took a walk to the shoreline. >> i don't think i've ever seen it this bad. >> look at the size of the waves. >> reporter: 150 feet of beach was now underwater. >> if this is what this looks like now, this won't be here tomorrow. >> no. no. when we come back even at midnight tonight this will all be gone. >> no way. >> reporter: kim and shelly hunkered down, worried about what was going on outside and wondering if they had made a bad decision. >> you know what, i'm going to -- i swear to god, i'm going to cry in a second. you know what just hit me? this town is going to be destroyed.